Cardiovascular health lies at the heart of all exercise, and few values are more important than your blood pressure. This is a measurement of your pressure placed on the walls of your arteries by your heartbeats.
The heart itself is made up from four elements – the right atrium, left atrium, right ventricle, and left ventricle. The right atrium receives de-oxygenated blood from your body and the right moves blood into your lungs for it to be aerated; taking an average of 45 seconds for your blood to circulate around your body.
This is systolic (your heart contracting) and diastolic (heart relaxing) pressure, with a healthy systolic pressure clocking in at 110 – 140 mm Hg and diastolic sitting at 60 – 90 mm Hg.
Taking the time to check your heart health and pressure is a vital part of exercise. If you are ever in doubt, make sure to book an appointment with your doctor to have a check-up.